Halcyon Hot Springs Guide to Ultimate Relaxation
September 19, 2018 / Our Stories
Nestled in the beautiful Monashee Mountains surrounding Upper Arrow Lake, Halcyon Hot Springs is the perfect location to enjoy the most relaxing vacation you’ve ever had! Enjoy the beneficial mineral pools, exquisite dining and calming lakes & mountains while you rest, rejuvenate and unplug at our resort. This is the ultimate guide to relaxation at Halcyon Hot Springs:
Before you go!
The remote location of Halcyon Hot Springs means that you can truly unplug while you are visiting. There is no cellular service at the Resort and limited Wi-Fi, so ensure you’ve downloaded your favourite songs, movies and e-books before you arrive! There are many different accommodation options available: Cabins, Chalets, and Cottages all with unique features. Ensure you know what is included in your accommodation (like a BBQ, full kitchen, refrigerator, living space) to make the most of your stay. We encourage you to bring your favourite foods and beverages as most rooms are equipped with basic plates, cutlery & glassware. We have a limited shop with snack items and if you prefer to let us do the cooking, please plan on joining us at Kingfisher Restaurant open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Enjoy the Mountainous Drive
Whether coming via Highway 1 or Highway 6 you will experience a stunning and twisting drive through the mountains. Both routes are peacefully interrupted by ferry rides across either Upper Arrows Lake or South Arrows Lake that allow you to stretch your legs and smell the fresh mountain air. Approximate travel time by car:
- Nakusp: 32 kilometres north (25 minutes)
- Revelstoke: 68 kilometres south (1hr 20 minutes)
- Kelowna: 280 kilometres (4 hours)
- Spokane, WA: 425 kilometres (5 hours)
- Calgary: 475 kilometres (6 hours)
- Vancouver: 785 kilometres (7 hours)
Check-In & Head to the Hot Springs Pools
Once you arrive to Halcyon please meet us in the main lodge for check in, which is available anytime after 3pm. Here, our guest services team will give you an overview of the layout of the resort and all other information the ensure you have a great stay with us. Most of the accommodations offer parking right outside your door, so unpacking is quick and easy!
Our pools are open from 8:00am-10:00pm (11:00pm on Saturdays and throughout the summer) with Adult Only & Quiet Time from 9pm daily, so you’ll have time for a nice lazy dip before dinner.
- Hot Pool 105˚F / 42˚C
- Warm Pool 100˚F / 38˚C
- Seasonal Mineral Swimming Pool 88˚F / 32˚C
- Cold Plunger 55˚F / 12˚C
Dinner at Kingfisher Restaurant
Kingfisher Restaurant has some of the most stunning views in the Kootenay Region with large picturesque windows overlooking Upper Arrow Lake. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and includes classic dishes with a West Coast twist that is infused with our own Kootenay flair.
We pride ourselves on using local ingredients, sourced within 100 miles of the restaurant, so not only are our dishes delicious, but contain real fresh and healthy ingredients! So, feel good indulging during your stay; maybe even splurge for a bottle of BC Wine or a cold craft beer.
Morning Sunrise Soak
One of the most spectacular views is of the sunrising over the mountains. Start your morning with a cup of “Kootenay Coffee Company” coffee (provided in your room), grab your plush Halcyon Hot Springs Robe and enjoy a sunrise soak. The minerals found in our pools are sodium, magnesium, calcium, strontium and lithium which studies have shown have an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties – a great way to start the day!
Afternoon Mountain Walk
There are quite a few studies that are now showing the health benefits of walking in nature including improved well-being and mental health, and lower perceived stress. The mountains surrounding the resort are perfect for a brisk and calming nature walk complete with waterfalls, sky reaching trees and lake front trails.
Tranquility on the Water
There is something about stepping off the land and onto the water that creates a tranquil and calming feeling. The resort offers kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals so you can enjoy a low impact and serene day on the lake. During the summer months the water is extremely refreshing for a swim or a lazy float.
Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
The Spa at Halcyon perfectly compliments the unique makeup of the Hot Springs waters and uses a skin care line from Seaflora. Seaflora products are hypoallergenic, safe to use on sensitive skin types and are primarily made of hand-harvested Canadian Pacific seaweeds that promote beauty and natural wellness.
The Spa offers a range of relaxation, therapeutic and couple’s massages as well as skin care facials and hand/foot care. Half day and full day spa packages are available, and we do request reservations be made in advance to ensure we can accommodate the perfect Spa experience.
Fire Pit & Late Night Dip
After dinner, grab your robe and enjoy the fire pit and a late-night dip. The Warm Pool, with a slow running current, or the Hot Pool are the perfect places to relax and unwind before bed. At 9pm each night we promote Adult & Quiet Time in the pools which is perfect for de-stressing and star gazing!
Cozy up in your Cottage/Cabin
Many of our accommodations include great amenities such as fireplaces, kitchens and living spaces which make for the perfect spot to settle in and cozy up for an evening. Bring your own cheese & charcuterie board and a bottle of wine (or order one from us) for a relaxing night in.
Sleep In & Check-Out
On your final day at Halcyon, sleep in, enjoy one more cup of “Kootenay Coffee Company” coffee and check out before 11am. Ask our guest services team about the Ferry schedules so we can ensure you have a perfectly timed departure and a relaxing trip home. The drive home is the perfect time to plan your next visit to Halcyon Hot Springs!